Thanks to Cigar City Brewing owner, Joey Redner Jr., Tampa Bay has become a haven for beer lovers, geeks and connoisseurs alike.
Cigar City Brewing has taken over the craft beer scene in Florida, in a land where Budweiser has reigned supreme for decades. Their dedication to Tampa Bay history, and their collaborative work with other local businesses has set them apart from their competition.
“We like to work with other local businesses in the area and support the community as much as possible,” Neil Callaghan, Tasting Room Manager at Cigar City Brewing, said. “We work with companies like Buddy Brew, a local coffee beanery and roasting house, who roasts a coffee bean just for us to use in our beers.”
The coffee from Buddy Brew is used in an award-winning beer called the Cubano Espresso Brown Ale as well as a few others. Cigar City also work with other local vendors, including a local soap making company, that makes beer flavored soap for the brewery gift shop.
Cigar City also is involved with numerous charities in the Tampa Bay Area. Their most recent charity event had some of the employees do something special for a great cause.
“Last week every employee had a huge beard but we all shaved them off for a charity event,” Callaghan said. “It was to raise money and awareness for the pediatric cancer foundation. It was a great event that Cigar City was proud to be a part of.
The 6th annual Veredus|HAYS Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge got these brewers and bartenders to shave off their precious beards, which for many have become a rite of passage in the industry.
Cigar City has become a leader in the community and a great business that leads by example. Their beer is pretty darn good too. They recently got voted the fourth best brewery in the entire world.